Sephora Haul | February Hits & Misses

Happy hump day, friends! How’s your week going so far? We had glorious warm weather all weekend, but now back to cold and rain… I am so ready for spring!! Fortunately, Spring Break is only a few weeks away. Unfortunately though, our kids don’t have the same week off, so it will be our first time not traveling as a foursome!

Our son is actually taking his own trip with friends #gulp, and Mr. SP and I will take Little Miss on an adventure. It will be fun, but different. Not sure how I feel about it all just yet.

But today let’s talk beauty! Beauty, hair, and wellness became popular topics here on Hi Sugarplum last year, and I’m thrilled you love chatting it up as much as me. I tend to stay extremely loyal to a product once I’ve fallen in love, but part of my job here is to find and share the latest and greatest… in both style and beauty.

Last month I shared a Sephora Haul of my favorite new (to me) product finds, and y’all loved it! (See it HERE.) So I’m back this month with more… here’s the best of my Sephora Haul lately…

Sidenote: I tried these products several times before sharing with you, so these aren’t just first impressions!

 

Moroccan Oil Luminous Hairspray

I’ve been a long-time user of the Kenra Volume Spray 25, and while I really like the strong hold for some styles, the nozzle always seems to clog, causing it to spray willy-nilly. I also like to have a lot of movement in my hair (especially now that it’s shorter), but the Kenra holds it firmly in place.

I’ve also used Aveda Air Control Hair Spray, which allows for a lot of play and movement, but doesn’t provide much staying power.

Enter Moroccan Oil Luminous Hair Spray, which is really the perfect blend of the Kenra and Aveda formulas! It provides strong hold that leaves no sticky residue or stiffness on the hair, and the flexible formula keeps hair looking natural and touchable. I love the fine mist that makes it easy to get in all the areas of my hair, and so far no clogged nozzles!

And bonus, it’s argan oil-infused, so it adds shine, while fighting frizz and humidity. I’ve been using the strong hold, but want to try the medium hold once this one runs out.

 

Drybar Morning After Shower Cap

If you’ve been around HSP for any time at all, then you’re well-versed in my love for this shower cap! But I actually get quite a few questions about it, so figured it was time to highlight it properly!

We all know the purpose of shower caps, but did you know not all shower caps are created equal?! First, the Drybar Morning After Shower Cap (not a fan of the name, but that’s irrelevant) is lined in terrycloth, which absorbs all the moisture and steam, keeping it off your hair! Standard shower caps just act as a sauna creating a ton of humidity under the cap, and wreaking havoc on your ‘do.

The Drybar cap is also lined in a thick cotton elastic, so it not only stays in place, but acts as another barrier to letting steam and moisture past the hairline. And lastly, the cap is a generous size, so it doesn’t squash your style.

I don’t fully submerge my head while wearing it, but the cap still gets damp, so I hang it on a hook outside the shower to fully-dry between uses. After awhile, it starts to look a little grimy around the edges from makeup and soap, so I hand wash it and air dry it inside out… good as new! I’ve been using it for well over five years, and replaced it two or three times… so it definitely gets a lot of wear.

 

Shave & Smooth Facial Razor

Okay, much to Mama Sugarplum’s chagrin, I ‘shaved my face on the internet.’ Or rather, I shared my at-home derma-planing technique on my Instagram Story. But let’s back up… a year ago I had a facial that included professional derma-planing… and I loved the results. My face was super smooth, and free of dead skin and peach fuzz, helping my makeup to apply seamlessly. But I also couldn’t see spending that regularly!

So after some research, I ordered these razors and tried it myself at home. And hello, I got the same exact results! Maybe even a little better because I’m what some people call ‘tedious‘, and didn’t miss a single spot! Plus, seeing all the dead skin and fuzz fall from your face is wildly satisfying. And no, the hair doesn’t grow back thicker, darker, stronger, curlier, angrier… none of it. 

When I spotted this fancy razor at Sephora, I decided to give it a whirl, thinking it must be better because it’s ‘professional’ grade. But nope, I’m not a fan. The blade is too small and sits too flush with the handle, so it’s hard to get good contact with the skin. It also wasn’t as sharp as my handy-dandy Amazon razors. And if you’re already a whizz at using the Tinkle razors, and you’re ready to take your derma-planing to the next level, try these!

The Shisheido razors have a larger blade surface and are crazy sharp… so they take off even more layers of dead skin. But if you’re new to it, stick with the Tinkles.

 

Clinique Quickliner for Eyes

I used an Aveda eyeliner for years, and literally shed a tear when they discontinued it a few years ago. Since then, I think I’ve tried 10 or more eyeliners! And while none are as good as my beloved Aveda, this Clinique Quickliner has come the closest.

But first I should tell you what I like in an eyeliner so you know what you’re getting with this one… smooth application with no tugging, medium product placement, smudgy tip, and staying power. Basically, I wiggle it between my lashes and a little above and like a smudged, soft line. I don’t do hard lines or fancy wing tips, I just want a little definition.

And I want a soft charcoal color that stays put all day. I don’t need it super sharp because, again… smudgy. I’ve tried the regular and the intense, and like them both equally.

 

Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream

I’m a long-time fan of Supergoop! sunscreen… my family has been using the clean, yet effective, products for years. But full disclosure… I actually had this Daily CC Cream from a press kit I received last year, and decided to give it a whirl in Mexico last week. (I packed these for body.)

I took it as a face SPF for the beach and pool, but was blown away by the color correcting coverage! More than just a tinted moisturizer with SPF, it provides real, yet natural, coverage that balances skin tone and smooths over lines and wrinkles. It’s mineral based, yet super hydrating, so my skin wasn’t too matte or overly shiny either (like SPFs can do).  

I just applied it with my fingers and blended well, and I loved the extra coverage along with the sun protection. It stayed put all day, but not really waterproof, so you’d need to layer a water-resistant sunscreen for added protection if swimming or sweating. Also, I always wear a hat at the pool and beach, but this powder is great SPF protection for your part if you prefer visors or no hat. Nothing worse than a sunburned, then peeling, scalp!! #beenthere

 

Anastasia Dipbrow Gel

I’ve used Anastasia Beverly Hills pencils for years to fill in sparse areas and create more definition in my brows, and when I’m between tints, to also darken the hairs. (Did you know our brows get lighter as we age, and can make you look older!?) I’m in need of a tint now, but prefer to wait until I see my brow-guru, Suzie Moldavon again, so I picked up this gel in the same ‘taupe’ shade as my pencil.

And I’m sad to say I didn’t love it! The taupe gel didn’t look like the same shade as my pencil, and the formula is thick and looked a little clumpy. Also, the brush is fairly large, so it was hard to keep the product on just my hairs and not the skin. Granted, much of this is user-error and I’m new to the brow gel game, so it likely takes time to master the application!

However, I did love how the hairs combed in to place and stayed put all day! And since I still need to use a pencil for shape, I’m going to try the clear formula to get the best of both!

 

Olaplex Reparative Styling Creme

Okay, I dipped my toe in the Olaplex pool in last month’s Sephora Haul, and now I’ve full-blown drunk the Olaplex koolaid!! I’m convinced this stuff is a game-changer for damaged, color-treated, tired hair! #mine (My hairdresser turned me on to it, and swears by its healing power!)

After only a month of using the Hair Perfector No. 3, my hair was noticeably stronger and dare I say it, healthier! So next I added this Reparative Styling Creme, and was smitten after just one use! It’s not only a styling product, but also a leave-in reparative creme.

I apply a small amount to damp, clean hair from the mid-shaft down, comb it through easily, then style as usual. My hair dries in less time, is incredibly smooth and shiny, and is noticeably less frizzy.

And the effects last until my next shampoo, so day 2 and 3 hair still looks fuller and shinier! Now I’m trying the shampoo and conditioner, so I’ll be sure to report back. Consider me hooked.

 

 

 

Okay, that’s it for this month’s Sephora Haul! Are any of these products already on your must-have list? What do you love that I should try next? And if you’re a beauty junkie like me, make sure you’re a Sephora Beauty Insider (sign-up is free HERE!)… they offer exclusive deals and sales, along with bonus samples and rewards!

 

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37 Comments

  1. I love reading your hits and misses… always true and always helpful! Would love to have you try my favorite face cleanser brush: a Foreo brand Luna FoFo or Play plus. There are different versions of this item, but I use these two specifically. I love that I can use much less product to achieve the same result (IE: my Colleen Rothschild cleaners) and I NEVER have to replace a brush head. They all either recharge or use a battery, are simple to use, and do a great job on cleaning my skin. I hope you’ll consider trying this tool… it’s my favorite and I just had to share it with you!

    Posted 2.19.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Hi Alison! I will definitely add those items to my ‘things to try’ list, thank you for the suggestions!! xo, Cassie

      Posted 2.20.20 Reply
  2. Carol Barnhill wrote:

    This may come as a surprise to you, but children growing up is a part of life… and happens to all of us! We do good to get all 5 of our children together at the same time for a dinner. Stop complaining. You travel all the time. A lot of people can’t because of jobs or finances. Be appreciative of what you have. I sort of expect you to begin your blog post with a complaint now, since that’s what it is most of the time… and that’s not a good thing!

    Posted 2.19.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thanks for your input, Carol. I realize kids grow up, and I’m certainly not standing in the way of that, I’m simply sharing how it feels being on this end of it. It’s been helpful to have a community of women to work through it with, but I understand if it’s not your cup of tea. And believe me, I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities we have. xo. C

      Posted 2.20.20 Reply
      • Jessie wrote:

        Wow, just wanted to request that you continue to speak about missing your son – my two boys are in New York for school and my daughter leaves next year. We don’t live there and they are a flight away and we miss them terribly…it is our first year as well that my son is snowboarding with his friends. I am so incredibly happy that he is enjoying his life but, to be honest, my heart aches because he is such an enjoyable part of our lives. I don’t talk much about missing them but it is a comfort that someone else is feeling like me…

        Posted 2.20.20 Reply
        • Cassie wrote:

          It’s definitely an unexpected heartache…but I keep telling myself I miss him hard because I love him hard. Much love to you! xo. C

          Posted 2.20.20 Reply
    • Katie Miller wrote:

      Cassie-
      Never once in reading your blog daily have I thought that you complained. My sister-in-law introduced me to you when she walked in at Christmas over a year ago with amazing shoes (from Target!) Then our daughters made fun of us for bonding on the couch with our phones when they weren’t allowed to be on their phones. Ha! I love that you are not fake, but real. Your honesty, or sadness at Your reality makes you approachable and lovable. From no make up to your heart. Thank you. I wept right along you saying goodbye to your son. It has helped me prepare for saying goodbye to my daughter in a few months. And I am so happy for you when you go on vacation. Social media is hard for others if you can’t be happy for others or sad in their sadness. You are a storyteller. It is your gift. Thank you for allllll the tips! To help make marriages stronger, dream bigger, hug tighter, and even hide a pimple. Love you and God Bless you!

      Posted 2.28.20 Reply
      • Cassie wrote:

        Um, I’m totally crying!!! Thank you for such kind words! I’m thrilled you find inspiration here and will continue to bring my best self and the best stuff for y’all! xoxo. C

        Posted 2.28.20 Reply
  3. c wrote:

    Good morning
    You mention using number 3 but photo is 6 of Oloplex, do you use both or just a typo? Thanks!!

    Posted 2.19.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Hello! I highlighted the No. 3 product in last month’s Sephora Haul, so I just gave an update on how my hair is looking with that product. This week’s Haul highlights the No. 6 product… both of them are fantastic!!! xo, Cassie

      Posted 2.20.20 Reply
  4. Alison wrote:

    I just love that you used “willy nilly” in your post! 🙂

    Posted 2.19.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Sometimes it’s just the perfect word for what I need to describe! Ha! xo, Cassie

      Posted 2.20.20 Reply
  5. Leslie wrote:

    Benefit makes a brow gel like the Anastasia but it is seriously amazing.

    Posted 2.19.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Duly noted! I will add that to my Haul list, thank you! xo, Cassie

      Posted 2.20.20 Reply
  6. Louise wrote:

    I drank the Olaplex cool aid myself last year and have not looked back. Once a week I sleep in Olaplex No. 3 and the results are amazing. After loving No. 3 and the No. 6, I’d recommend you try Olaplex No. 7 bonding oil. Just a touch adds shine and makes your hair super soft. The entire line of Olaplex has transformed my hair from dry and brittle to soft and healthy.

    Posted 2.19.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thank you for the tip! Olaplex has seriously impressed me lately, I’m sure I’ll be adding more products to my routine soon! xo, Cassie

      Posted 2.20.20 Reply
  7. April wrote:

    Something funny to share – I followed your advice and purchased the shower cap and dry shampoo for my niece for Christmas to go with another item. I know it seems like a random Christmas present, but she’s a young working single girl and I thought this would be a splurge she wouldn’t make so I tried it. She texted me about a month after Christmas and simply said – Aunt April the shower cap is life changing! lol

    Posted 2.19.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Hi April! I love hearing that, thank you so much for sharing!!!!!! xo, Cassie

      Posted 2.20.20 Reply
  8. kristen wrote:

    Wonderful post!!! What made it even better was that I didn’t have to click to sephora just to see every product you were talking about. It’s such a pet peeve of mine when bloggers say I loved “this” (click to see what it is). THANK YOU for the images!

    Posted 2.19.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      You’re so welcome, Kristen! xo, Cassie

      Posted 2.20.20 Reply
  9. Lola wrote:

    Hi there, just wanted to share that my son turned 18 in July of last year and left for Marine Corp boot camp at the beginning of August. That same month, our new family of 3 moved from Texas, where I’ve lived my whole life, to California for my husbands job. Needless to say it has been a struggle. We have taken a couple of small trips since then and it definitely feels like something is missing, not right and unnatural. There is a grieving process for sure that I don’t think people talk about enough when our children move out. My son and I are very close just like you are with your son. I’m very lucky that he calls every other day to chat so that helps. Anyway I just wanted to say that I understand what you are going through and also to say that you have every right to feel what you are feeling for as long as it takes to get comfortable with your new family dynamic. I try to remind myself often that my son is starting the next chapter of his life and doing what is natural and good. Hang in there Mom!

    Posted 2.19.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thank you so much for this! It’s definitely a new thing to navigate. I appreciate the kind words! xo, Cassie

      Posted 2.20.20 Reply
  10. Jan Fisher wrote:

    Cassie! Yes to the Kenra spray being great but the sprayer gets clogged and it sprays all wonky ALL.THE.TIME! so annoying! I’m going to try this spray you mentioned. Also the super goop since I’m headed to Fla this weekend w/ mom and sister for a girls week! Thanks for the recommendations as always!!!! You have me hooked on Colleen and I order more things to try with every sale! 🙂

    Posted 2.19.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thanks so much, Jan! So glad these reviews are helping! Have fun in Florida! xo, Cassie

      Posted 2.20.20 Reply
  11. Kay wrote:

    Try storing aerosol hairspray upside down to help prevent the spray nozzle from clogging. 😊

    Posted 2.19.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Oooh good tip, thank you!!! xo, Cassie

      Posted 2.20.20 Reply
  12. Holly wrote:

    Hello! I have had the same experience with the Kenra and Aveda hairsprays and am very interested in trying your recommendation of the Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray. Have you been using the strong hold (as shown in the photo) or the medium (as shown in the link)? Thanks very much!

    Posted 2.19.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Oh thanks for that catch, I updated the link! I’ve been using the strong hold! xo, Cassie

      Posted 2.20.20 Reply
  13. Jessie wrote:

    I am definitely a Sephora junkie! I am going to try the Supergoop cc cream and the Clinique eyeliner.

    Right now in my basket I have the Sol De Janeiro Foot Fetish Care (not available in any stores near me) and the Rita Hazan split end remedy. I just purchased IGK Good Behaviour Spirulina Protein Spray and can’t wait to use it. I use about 5 different products on my hair whenever I wash it and Olaplaex is my favourite. I’ve been using it for about a year and can’t be without it! So want to use the Tinkle razors but have nightmares that I’ll look like Chewbaca…I always use the Briogeo leave in hair mask and Moroccan Oil dry shampoo – love them

    Posted 2.20.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      I’ll have to add those products to my ‘things to try’ list, thank you! I promise you won’t look like Chewbaca with the Tinkle razors, it just removes the top layer off! No dark/thick hairs!! xo, Cassie

      Posted 2.20.20 Reply
  14. Suzy wrote:

    Hi Cassie! I am a fair skinned blonde and I use the taupe Anastasia pencil too. I felt the same way you did about the taupe gel….so…:I tried the gel in blonde and I love it! Seems much closer to the color of the taupe pencil. Thanks for sharing all this fun stuff!! 🙂

    Posted 2.20.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      that’s so good to know!!! I’ll try that one before the clear!

      Posted 2.20.20 Reply
  15. Melissa Geittmann wrote:

    I completely agree with the Kenra issues. Ive been using it for years. I freq take the nozzle off and soak it in hot water. I shouldn’t have to do that. I am a little nervous to try something else, but I think I will!

    Posted 2.21.20 Reply
  16. Allison Dupler wrote:

    Thank you for sharing all of your beauty and fashion tips and tricks. I recently watched your story where you shared applying a little highlight to the inner corners of your eyes, applying the CC cream with a brush, and adding a little extra mascara to the outer lashes to make your eyes look bigger and brighter. All simple tips, but I didn’t think about them until you shared. Thank you for taking the time to research all things beauty and then sharing them with us!

    Posted 2.22.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      I’m so happy to hear you find inspiration here!! xoxo. C

      Posted 2.23.20 Reply
  17. Heather wrote:

    Hi there! I’m trying to locate the post about the posture strap buy idea… I felt like it was a story on Instagram from you opening mail….? Thank you!!!

    Posted 2.23.20 Reply